We are getting 4 Australorp chicks in a little over two weeks. I am considering them a fun experience for myself and kids but my husband (who is far more practical about this than I) is already talking about what to do with them when their productivity decreases. I'm all for keeping them as pets regardless of the eggs but was hoping that since Australorps are notoriously productive, they would maintain a reasonable level of productivity later in life (in other words, even once their productivity drops, they might still be laying enough for my hubby to consider them worth their keep). Does anyone know how many eggs Australorps lay on average in each year of life? All I can find is the 200-250 per year during their peak, but can't find any information about the off-peak, so to speak. Thanks!